Higher

How do I get 25/25 for a folio essay?

Your Writing Folio accounts for 20% of your final grade for Higher. The information on this page is taken from the instructions given to SQA markers and gives you a clear idea of what your class teacher and the SQA markers will be looking for.

Your essay must first of all meet all of the Performance Criteria for Higher and satisy the requirement for ‘consistent technical accuracy’. An essay which fails to meet these basic standards will not pass.

 

Performance Criteria

Content

Content is relevant and appropriate for purpose and audience, reveals depth andcomplexity of thought and sustained development.

Structure

Structure is effective and appropriate for purpose, audience and genre; content is sequenced and organised in ways which assist impact.

Expression

Capable use of techniques relevant to the genre and effective choice of words and sentence structures sustain a style and tone which clearly communicate a point of view/stance consistent with purpose and audience.

 

What is meant by ‘consistently’ accurate?

Few errors will be present. Paragraphs, sentences and punctuation are accurate and organised so that the writing can be clearly and readily understood. Spelling errors (particularly of high frequency words) are infrequent.

An essay which fails to meet the standards required cannot pass. However, if an essay is deemed to be ‘consistently’ accurate, there will be no marks deducted for errors.

 

 

Categories and Marks

All essays are then allocated to a Category. As Categories V and VI are fails, I have not included them.

 

Category 1 – 25 marks

A sophisticated and stylish piece of writing in which the content is particularly well selected and shows qualities of insight/imagination/sophisticated thought. The structure is highly appropriate and there is skilful organisation which significantly enhances the overall impact of the writing. Expression is concise and effective. Word choice is consistently apposite, and sentence structures are skilfully varied to achieve effects. Techniques associated with the genre are used very effectively.

Imaginative writing in this Category will be characterised by a strong sense that the writer has command of and insight into the genre and is skilfully introducing and developing thematic concerns; the writing has flair and individuality which permeate the ideas and use of language.

Personal/Reflective writing in this Category will be characterised by a strong sense of mature reflection; the writer’s personality and individuality permeate the ideas and use of language.

Discursive writing in this Category will, as appropriate to the specific genre and purpose, be characterised by a strong sense of engagement with the ideas/issues and a sophisticated understanding of them; the line of thought is subtle and sustained; as appropriate, the writer’s stance permeates the ideas and use of language.

Category II – 21 or 23 marks

A very sound piece of writing in which the content is well selected and shows evidence of insight / imagination /sophisticated thought.  The structure is appropriate and the organisation of content enhances the overall impact of the writing. Expression is skilful and confident. Word choice is apposite, and sentence structures are varied to achieve effects. Techniques associated with the genre are used effectively.

Imaginative writing in this Category will be characterised by a clear sense that the writer has command of and some insight into the genre and is able to introduce and develop thematic concerns; the writing is skilful and language is deployed to create a strong impact.

Personal/Reflective writing in this Category will be characterised by a clear sense of mature reflection; the writer’s personality and individuality come across strongly; the writing is confident and language is deployed to create a strong impact.

Discursive writing in this Category will, as appropriate to the specific genre and purpose, be characterised by a clear sense of engagement with the ideas/issues and a strong understanding of them; the line of thought is clear and sustained; the writing is skilful and language is used confidently.

Category III – 17 or 19 marks

A clearly competent piece of writing in which the content shows some evidence of insight / imagination / sophisticated thought. The structure is appropriate and contributes to the overall impact of the writing. Expression is controlled. Word choice is mostly apposite, and there is suitable variation in sentence structures. Techniques associated with the genre are in evidence.

Imaginative writing in this Category will be characterised by a sense that the writer has some insight into the genre and is attempting to introduce and develop thematic concerns; the writing is controlled and language is deployed to create some impact.

Personal/Reflective writing in this Category will be characterised by a clear sense of reflection; there is a clear sense of the writer’s personality; the writing is controlled and language is deployed to create some impact.

Discursive writing in this Category will, as appropriate to the specific genre and purpose, be characterised by a sense of engagement with the ideas/issues and a clear understanding of them; the line of thought is clear; the writing is controlled and language is used appropriately throughout.

Category IV – 13 or 15 marks

A sufficiently competent piece of writing in which the content shows some signs of depth of thought and there is sufficient development. The structure is appropriate for the genre. Expression is adequate. There is evidence that choice of words and sentence structures has been made to achieve some effect, and there is use of some of the techniques associated with the genre.

Imaginative writing in this Category will be characterised by some sense that the writer has an understanding of the genre; the writing is mostly controlled and there is some evidence the writer is trying to deploy language to create impact.

Personal/Reflective writing in this Category will be characterised by a limited sense of reflection; there is some sense of the writer’s personality; the writing is mostly controlled and there is some evidence the writer is trying to deploy language to create impact.

Discursive writing in this Category will, as appropriate to the specific genre and purpose, be characterised by a sense that the ideas/issues are clearly understood; the line of thought is recognisable; for the most part, the writing is controlled and language is used appropriately.

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